Friars Beat Huskies For Season Sweep

Xavier falls to St. Joe's; Michigan State overcomes Illinois
By Jamie Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 7, 2008 12:32 AM CST
Providence's Weyinmi Efejuku goes to the basket during their 85-76 win over No. 13 Connecticut in their game in Providence, R.I. Thursday, March 6, 2008. Efejuku led all scorers with 25 points in the...   (Associated Press)
camera-icon View 2 more images

(Newser) – The Providence Friars haven’t done much against Big East opponents this season, but they have managed to dominate UConn, beating the Huskies again tonight for a season sweep, 85-76.   The win was big for Providence, as they’re on the brink of missing the Big East tournament. UConn has already clinched a first-round bye.  Elsewhere in college hoops:

  • St. Joe’s, playing at home, beat 11th-ranked Xavier, 71-66.  Currently on the NCAA bubble, the Hawks may have given the tournament folks enough reason to include them in post-season play.
  • Illinois made it interesting in the first half, but Michigan State came away with a 59-51 victory tonight, despite minimal production from an illness-plagued Raymar Morgan, the team’s leading scorer.